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New Here, Doin' Vinyl Since 1998

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by signedmylifeaway, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. signedmylifeaway

    signedmylifeaway Member

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    I'm probably the type of guy you hate...
    I will do 50 "bandit" signs for $150, 1 C/S. I'll make a 1 color 2x8' banner for $48 on 10 oz. I have a low-rent space in a business incubator. Started as a home business in 1998 with a Roland CM-24 and traded it in in 2003 for a CX-300 when I got the biz out of my house.
    No denying I'm feeding off the bottom, but what the heck, I make a fair living at it for about 7 years now.
     
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  2. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    So long as you are happy and making enough to survive; who am I to say that it is wrong. Slowly you may move up to be able to charge an appropriate amount for your work. I not sure how you make any money doing a banner for $48.00.
     
  3. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    another lying troll... posting inflammatory comments just to start some fireworks.

    No fool would settle for a "fair" living when he's leaving half the money he could have had laying on the table...

    ...well almost NO fool... if I'm wrong & this ain't a lying troll... we've found the one fool to set a new record of idiocy. (but I doubt it)
     
  4. graphicoptions

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    low rent huh? we have those business incubators around here, you should charge what you will have to charge when the incubator period is over. How will you survive then on $48 banner. I could never pay my rent, equipment payments, turck payment, house payment, water , electric, phone, and health insurance, etc. on your pricess. A $48 banner will hardly buy you lunch. Good luck but I think you need to reevalute your pricing for the outside world.
     
  5. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    What wrong with bottom feeders?...the bigger fish need something to eat too, and there is nothing more tastier than a BFLT.....Bottom Feeder with lettuce and tomato sandwich, when the Bottom feeder is nice and lean, and the tomato is ripe....they're so perky. I love that
     
  6. signedmylifeaway

    signedmylifeaway Member

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    It's nice to meet you too sunshine.
     
  7. signedmylifeaway

    signedmylifeaway Member

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    I'd get stuck in your throat and choke you to death. Nice to meet you too!
     
  8. signedmylifeaway

    signedmylifeaway Member

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    I knock out a 2x8 1 color text/clip art banner in under 30 minutes and make about $30 over material cost. By my calculations, that's $60 per hour. Hardly chump change.
     
  9. skyhigh

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    I see your in the USA too..... I guess that narrows it down a bit.
    Knowing what part of the US you hail from, may give me an indication as to what kinda fish you are.

    Maybe if you wern't a bottom feeder, you could have bought a solvent printer and cutter in 2003?

    BFLT........probably.
     
  10. mladams7259

    mladams7259 Very Active Member

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    I would say Welcome but............
     
  11. signedmylifeaway

    signedmylifeaway Member

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    I'd work on my spelling before I cast any stones friend.
     
  12. Pro Image

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    UH!!!!!!!!!! OK?:help:
     
  13. wildside

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    i may be wrong, but if you charge 60 an hour and it takes under 30 minutes, say 20 minutes to do a 2X8 banner while making 30 dollars over cost of materials, i don't get 48 bucks a banner

    $20 to build banner, $1 a minute
    $16 banner material roughly
    $8 vinyl, generous
    $4 transfer tape
    =$48 dollars, now add your 30 dollars over costs, i get 78 bucks

    your losing money in my book.....
     
  14. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

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    Why would you choose to present yourself that way? I have pretty low prices in areas and have had some spirited debates here about that pricing. But I come here to learn, help where I can and talk to others who are in the same type of business. With that intro, I'm just wondering what you came for?
     
  15. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    what part of pensacola you in?????????)))))))))))))))LSS....
     
  16. signedmylifeaway

    signedmylifeaway Member

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    I pay $7.92 for a 22"x8' 10 oz blank from Eagle Banners, with free shipping to boot!
    150' of 24" Shinerite = $66. So 8'= $3.52 with free shipping too.

    In my book, you are over paying for materials.
     
  17. wildside

    wildside Very Active Member

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    in my book we get over $120 for that same cheesy banner, doesn't matter what i pay for materials
     
  18. OldPaint

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    cnat ya see hes a troll..just baitin ya........but i do have them here in pcola.....
     
  19. Gino

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    Hot Digity Dog.

    We’ve found a real sign maker in our ranks.

    This person should be congratulated. At these new marvelous prices and I’m sure top notch designing skills, he will show us all how to make it, in the wonderful industry that we’ve all just been making too much darned money at….

    For those of you boys and girls that have complained about not being able to charge enough, he’ll throw in his new CD… on lowball training for only an extra $14.99 in two easy installment payments.

    I’m always willing to learn from someone that can show and prove to me that they know a better and faster way to do this kind of stuff and still not make a buck at it.

    My Dad always said he admired a person that didn’t have to work hard for a living and still exist. He liked street bums and train hobos.

    :Welcome:to:signs101: from PA.



    Please post some of your work. I would like to see if I have a chance at this new approach !!
     
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  20. Sign Prophet

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    I dont get how you can Make any kind of living on those prices. Are you sure your not in mexico? OH and by the way, Thanks for taking the food out of my families mouth. Jerk
     
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